If there is anything that doing a Kindle Scout program has taught me it is this; you need to be able to connect to more people that just those whom are on your social network. You need to be go a little mini-viral ... and I didn't.
I thought if I received enough traction with my own online connection that maybe it might be shared, and others would recommend and so forth and so on ... But that didn't work ...
I have no ill feeling towards the campaign - I was actually proud of myself for going forth and hitting the goals I needed to each day.
I have learnt though, to have someone who is a professional in the field of PR is a necessary asset to have in the back pocket.
If I had my chance again then I would do things a little differently.
I am going to publish another book again, because I love writing - it is a little hobby of mine now which sits neatly inside me.
I hope that my journey in Kindle Scout is one that others might follow. I would really love to have a friend or person-I-know become accepted into the program ...
Look out for the self-published version of Lewis McKillop coming soon to Kindle soon.
So from my university degree I studied a subject titled Sports Law 1 and Sports Law 2. Nothing associated with the arts, nothing associated with writing, but it was helpful because it taught me one important thing - when it comes to the Law, anything can happen, so make sure you have someone along side that can talk you through it. I thoroughly enjoyed the subjects, I don't think I could ever be a lawyer; courtrooms are a little stale for my liking and wearing a suit everyday, definitely not my bag-baby.
I was talking to my brother about the next step I was about to embark on; Self-Publishing, a very daunting task within itself, but the world is going in this direction where one person can optimise their time (thanks Tim Ferris), they can become hotel manager, renting out their house, become a taxi driver renting out their car, become filmmaker with a few swipes of the thumb, and maybe, just maybe publishing is digging down this path as well.
My brother brought to my attention a few finer details that I should know about publishing with Amazon Kindle, so that is going to be my task for the week; reading the massive T's and C's. I hate it when my brother flashes to my attention a task that I know I should do, but really in my heart, naturally, I cringe at the idea. I am just human after all.
I always thought I would ONLY publish "Lewis McKillop" with a publisher and anything else would be a failure, but now, I want to publish it myself, I want to learn about everything in the background, the things that I don't know now all the pitfalls that are or possibly going to happen. It will not be a ride in the park.
I do have a few tools up my sleeve; I remember in my retail days, selling fashion to female and men alike, my mangers would always tell me, "Lukey, you can sell ice to Eskimo's". I don't know if they were right, but hell-damn-darn-it I am going to find out.
I have begun the design of the front cover and I know now that I am going to settle with a yellow front. Yellow why, you ask? Well, I want it yellow because the world, which Lewis is from, is the land with the golden skies. In my mind I see gold in later editions, but lets take it one thing at a time. Yellow it will be. I have enlisted a comic book drawer to help me with a little sketch. I will reveal that in later days to come (just in case I change my mind, or the illustrator comes up with a better idea). So I will be talking with him for the first time tomorrow.
In the next coming weeks, we may have a design, so stay tuned...
My second novel "GIN" is birthing brilliantly. I love this character, he is so honest, flawed, loveable, and Australian. There is nothing like writing in your true language. I wrote Lewis for the world. But Gin is purely Australian, and I believe cocooning myself around the story of Lewis for so long has maybe made be hungry to just talk like an Aussie-bloke, rightio! The language of Gin comes from where I grew up, I only noticed how different I spoke when I moved to the other side of Melbourne, in Prahran when I was twenty-four, and I had to alter the way I spoke or I would never get a girl!
It is ironic though, because Lewis' neighbourhood is also based upon where I grew up with "Erebus" being the name of the street intersecting my own childhood street. You can take the boy out of Keilor Park, but you can't take the Keilor Park out of the boy.
KP for LIFE!
It has been a while since I have been in front of the camera, it's nice to have a break. Really. Honest. No, wipe that smirk off your face. It is!. New opportunities. Downtime? Whatever you want to call it, it's nice to do other things and that is exactly what I have been doing.
I have been filling up my soul with all different environments and conversations, different food and drinks. I have been working as a merchandiser, and never thought working in this field could take me all over this great land. I am staying in hotels where a lot of things are done for me; my meals, my cleaning is all taken care of, so I have the luxury of doing what I want to do.
Recently I have started to incorporate the word "good" into my life. I want to feel good, eat good, have good thoughts, give and grow good memories and only do something if it is good. I have been eating great, even started working out again and even when someone speaks in a negative way, I always end the conversation with something "good".
This attitude has steered me in the direction of writing. I love writing and I have been writing since I was fifteen. I remember I used to write poems in my journal on the bench of our kitchen whilst my mother used to prep meals or clean. She got a buzz from hearing them and I got a buzz from writing them. I think if I never started writing I may not have had the courage to enter acting passionately into my life years later.
I have been slogging away on a story titled "Lewis McKillop" and I can say that after another edit (thanks Max Davine for the last notes; look him up, he is brilliant editor/writer). I can say that I have finished another draft. Is it the final draft, well, I am going to publish through Amazon Kindle, and it will be available in paperback too as soon as I finalise the front cover. This is great. It feels nice. It feels good.
I also started writing another novel and I have followed Stephen King's advice and have poured out, pulled in and pushed out and prodded myself to write 2000 words a day. Look, the grammar, spelling and the language is a mess, but doing this for the last two weeks I have 20,000 words already. And as a dear friend told me it is about 'the story', everything can work itself out in the next edit. "Lewis" the story which took me over 15 years to write is about 60,000 words. Crazy - insane -insane - crazy!
I must say the stories are polar opposites; "Lewis" is a story about a young saviour to the universe, targeted in the genre of young sci-fi, and the second novel "GIN" is an over the top blatant adult fiction told from the point of view of the hero who is a Australian, alcoholic bogan who can speak to the dead.
So different... So well ...
The only reason I can say that I have been able to pour, vomit, expel 20,000 words is because I respect my time a little more because of the incorporation of the word "good" into my soul.
A little four little word which can make a huge difference.
As I have another birthday just last month, I realise that it is the little things which count. What makes us happy is the richest thing we should be striving for.
For me right now #YearOfBuilding and the word "GOOD" is the salt and pepper in my day.